Wednesday’s Plays of the Day
Dennis Smith Jr.
The Mavericks’ rookie has been hit-or-miss when it comes to hitting value all season long, however, a matchup against the Suns would has me leaning toward him being a hit rather than a miss. Especially since Phoenix could be without their best player in Devin Booker who is listed as questionable (ribs) for tonight’s matchup. To make this play even sweeter, J.J. Barea (oblique) has already been ruled out of tonight’s game which means more minutes for the rook and the Suns currently sit as the fifth worst in the league at defending the point guard position on the year.
Boston is expected to be without Kyrie Irving (quad) and Marcus Smart (hand) which means Rozier should be getting all the minutes he can handle as the last standing point guard on the roster. With the Knicks ranked as the ninth-worst in the league at defending the point guard position, Rozier needs to put placed in your lineup for his price and upside potential.
Over his last five games, Clarkson has been playing out of his mind averaging 38.3 fantasy points per game. The fourth-year guard has seen extended minutes with rookie Lonzo Ball (knee) sidelined for what will be his eighth-straight game. The Lakers are facing off against an Orlando Magic team that has seen themselves fall into the bottom five of the league at defending the shooting guard position over their last five games. With the Magic struggling and Clarkson steaming, this could be matchup heaven for your lineup.
The Dallas Mavericks are facing a Phoenix Suns team that has been giving up an atrocious 74.9 fantasy points per game to the shooting guard position. With Devin Booker potentially sidelined for this matchup, Matthews is almost a lock to be in most lineups. Just a fun fact to add to this game — the Mavericks (who are the visitors) are currently favored by three points with an over/under of 210 points, according to VegasInsider.comVegasInsider.com.
I’m not sure you’ve heard, but the Cleveland Cavaliers can’t play defense. On the season the Cavs have slid all the way to the bottom league tied (with the Suns) for the worst defensive team in the league with a 109.8 defensive efficiency rating. Josh Richardson is playing as many minutes as he can handle with Dion Waiters out for the remainder of the year, and he has been a consistent threat every night of exceeding his value by a minimum of 3x his price-point value. If a guy like Stanley Johnson can put together a 26 point and 10 rebound stat line, Richardson facing a second-half of a back-to-back Cavs team should be able to have himself a strong outing.
Simmons has the potential to rack up defensive stats in a hurry, as well as going off for 20+ points. The Lakers are averaging 13.9 turnovers per game. If a defensive wing that can score in a hurry is facing the 22nd ranked turnover team in the league, who’s also the second worst in the league at defending the small forward position, that player should be in your lineup. That player is Simmons.
While most could be fading Simmons because Joel Embiid (rest) is expected to return tonight, I feel you should be doing whatever you can to have him in your lineup. The Sixers rank fourth (102.1) and the Nets are tied for fifth (101.6) in pace, so this has the potential to be a fun up-and-down game. Brooklyn gives up the most points to power forwards in the league and they are expected to be playing without Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (groin) for the third straight game.
Whenever I read a Chicago Bulls injury-report and I see either Nikola Mirotic or Lauri Markkanen out, Portis automatically is entered into my lineup. Markkanen (personal) did not travel with the team for their matchup in Portland and (breaking news) Mirotic is out for the “immediate future,” according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. Portis’ price is too low and his potential with no Markkanen or Mirotic is too high that you can’t leave him out of your roster.
There are a lot of plays at the center position tonight, which makes this one a bit of a toss up for me. I’m going with Horford just because there is no Kyrie Irving or Marcus Smart tonight which could lead to Horford becoming the offense starter as the team’s best passer, but also their go-to option. Other centers to look at are Joel Embiid and Tristan Thompson.